Why Nova Scotia?

Why not Nova Scotia might be the better question. It's one of those exotic sounding places that I've never been to and that's reason enough for me. I plan on leaving around the 8th of May and spending several weeks on the ride. Along the way I'll be camping out, visiting unsuspecting friends , and maybe getting to ride along with them for awhile. Let me know if you're up to either!


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Done deal, I'm swapping rides...

Dang, after all that fussing around making the Ninja into a full touring machine I've decided to go with the Aprilia/Sputnik. I've already pointed out the benefits of sidecar travel in my last post so there's nothing more to say about it, the decision's been made.

So, onward and upward with the new deal. I spent the entire day moving stuff over to the Aprilia, the GPS being the main item. Installation was simple as the power source and wiring were already in place so all I had to do was change the connection plug to the Zumo's. The tire on the hack was low but pumped right up and doesn't look like it's losing air. It's been close to a year since the pressure was checked so I'm hoping there's no problem. The turn signals seemed dim at first, then I realized I'd never pulled the lenses off after the Alaska trip and they were full of Alcan Highway crud. Once cleaned they sparkle just like they should. The bike fired right up and runs as smooth as a one-lung can run. Just don't sit a quarter on the top box, it'll disappear in a heartbeat.

The rest has been time consuming but simple enough, mainly sorting through all the things to see what if any needed to stay home. As it turned out I added a few items and haven't come close to using all the available space. Sidecars without passengers really hold a lot.

I'm tired but feeling great about the decision to go with the hack, now there won't be any limitations on the roads I can ride and that's already put a smile on my face. Life is truly good.

PS - The photo above was after last year's ride to Alaska.


  1. We'll have more fun watch'in that thumper / hack go to Nova Scotia anyway. Besides you might want to buy a t-shirt along the way ....... you'll have room for it and won't have to throw another one away to make room!

  2. Is it now..." Nova Scotia on a Thumper"? or maybe...Thump'in to Nova Scotia?....or Sputnik'kin / Thump'in a scoatch? Let us know...BTY...Love your site and you are my adventure while I'm stuck working!!!!!!!! D. Smith